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The Department of History combines the intimacy of a liberal arts college with the rigor of a research university.


Undergraduate education culminates in small intensive seminars and in original research. Where possible connections are made to Washington, DC, as a central location for U.S. and international history and as a city rich in research opportunities and jobs for our alumni.

Graduate education is concentrated in the following fields: medieval, early and late modern Europe; United States; and Latin America. Particular strengths are Catholic History, the history of religion, political culture, religious history, intellectual history, the history of migrations, and the history of women and gender.

Faculty members have won fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the NEH, the American Academy in Rome, the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, the Humboldt Foundation, the SSRC, the DAAD, the American Academy in Berlin, the Huntington Library, and the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Washington, DC is an outstanding city for graduate research, starting with the Library of Congress and including the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Archives and Dumbarton Oaks. A consortium links CUA to the many other DC-area universities. The department has an impressive record of job placement for alumni of its masters and Ph.D. programs.


Contact Information:

Katherine Jansendepartment chair

Caroline Shermanundergraduate advisor 

Jennifer Davisgraduate advisor


Catholic University of America
Department of History
620 Michigan Ave., NE
228 Marist Hall
Washington, DC 20064

(202) 319-5484



What can you do with a history degree? Catch up with some of our graduates on our new Alumni Stories page!


Featured Alumni


Amada Beltrán, Class of 2014, is currently studying for her Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more here!



Congratulations to Jay Carney (Ph.D., Church History, 2010), who was awarded the annual Bethwell Ogot prize for best book in East African Studies by the African Studies Association for his study of the missionary church in Rwanda.

Congrats to Julie Yarwood who defended her dissertation entitled, "Citizens of Heaven: Conservative American Protestant Reactions to New Deal Legislation," with distinction, on 13 November 2015.

Vanessa Corcoran has won a Travel Bursary Award from the Medieval Academy of America to present her conference paper entitled, "Beyond Sedes Sapientiae et Magistra: Mary’s Medieval Pedagogical Voice" at the annual meeting to be held in Boston on February 25-27, 2016.

Austin Powell has won an honorable mention in the Snell Prize competition, awarded by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association, for his paper entitled "Writing Polemic as History: Salimbene of Parma, the Deposition of Elias, and the Clericalization of the Thirteenth-Century Franciscan Order."

Congrats to Dallas Grubbs on his departmental award for Excellence in Research for his paper, "A Sacred Genealogy: Universal History, Dynastic Time, and the Structure of the Chronicon Universale to 741."

Congrats tPatrick Kelleher for his departmental award for Excellence in Teaching

Rebecca McCarron, a junior history major, has won a writing internship with Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honors society.